Monday, October 4, 2010

2005 Stoller Chardonnay

With the better part of a pound of crimini mushrooms languishing the refrigerator, I knew a mushroom cream sauce was destined to bless our roasted chicken tonight. And while this is usually a Pinot Noir meal for me, tonight I decided to go with a full-bodied white. The 2005 Stoller Chardonnay, Dundee Hills is starting to show its age. But despite the advanced golden color, it still has plenty of life in it. The nose is quite complex with heady aromas of butterscotch, overripe apple, caramel and a hint of burnt matchstick. I'm really loving the palate with its earthy-mushroom, borderline truffle flavors and toasty French oak. No surprise that the flavors marry perfectly with the mushroom cream sauce. Like most good whites, it gets better and better as it approaches room temperature. About $25.

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